• WordNet 3.6
    • n killdeer American plover of inland waters and fields having a distinctive cry
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Killdeer (Zoöl) A small American plover (Charadrius vociferus, formerly Ægialitis vocifera) of inland waters and fields having a distinctive cry. The adult has two black bands around the neck and upper breast, but the young chick has only the breast band. It ranges from Canada to Mexico and the West Indies.☞ It is dark grayish brown above; the rump and upper tail coverts are yellowish rufous; the belly, throat, and a line over the eyes, white; a ring round the neck and band across the breast, black.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
So named from its notes


In literature:

Then a night hawk screamed, a whip-poor-will complained, a belated killdeer swept the sky, and the night wind sang a louder song.
"A Girl Of The Limberlost" by Gene Stratton Porter
A killdeer sweeping the lake close two o'clock one morning awakened him.
"The Harvester" by Gene Stratton Porter
Killdeers were circling above them in flocks.
"At the Foot of the Rainbow" by Gene Stratton-Porter
He drove a stake to mark the spot where the killdeer hen brooded in the corn field, so that he would not drive Nancy over the nest.
"The Song of the Cardinal" by Gene Stratton-Porter
I do believe 'killdeer' would take an uncommon range today!
"The Last of the Mohicans" by James Fenimore Cooper
The Iroquois on the opposite shore was in the act of aiming when the fatal messenger from Killdeer arrived.
"The Pathfinder" by James Fenimore Cooper
You shall bring out your own rifle, and I will just sight Killdeer in a careless way, in order that we may know a few of its secret vartues.
"The Deerslayer" by James Fenimore Cooper
Once, too, sometime late, my listening ear caught faint mournful notes of a killdeer.
"Tales of lonely trails" by Zane Grey
Two caterpillar enemies of cotton, the cotton worm and the cotton cutworm, are eaten by the upland plover and killdeer.
"Our Vanishing Wild Life" by William T. Hornaday
Neither is the killdeer her bird.
"Roof and Meadow" by Dallas Lore Sharp

In poetry:

The sun is low,
The waters flow,
My boat is dancing to and fro.
The eve is still,
Yet from the hill
The killdeer echoes loud and shrill.
"On The River" by Paul Laurence Dunbar

In news:

Killdeer eggs are marked cryptically .
Noisy killdeer happy in the rocks.
A pilot from Killdeer is dead after he crashed a twin engine airplane this morning near San Marcos, Texas.
Killdeer eggs are marked cryptically.
Killdeer may be one of strangest birds in land of some unusual ones.
The killdeer is a strange bird, perhaps this is an axiom for birds in general, to be strange is part of being a bird.
Precocious killdeer chicks quick to flee the nest.
Killdeer nest on the ground in scraped-out depressions in gravel, bare ground and short grass.
Baby killdeer have only one dark neck ring.
Perhaps most famous for its loud, familiar call, killdeeahdeedee, the killdeer 's scientific name aptly describes its behavior: vociferous, meaning loud and vocal.
About 150 ring-necked pheasants are to be released at Killdeer Plains Wildlife after shooting hours tonight to be available for hunting Saturday, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife.
Stone fragments and a possible burial site have been identified on land near the Killdeer Mountains that is being eyed for oil development, but that discovery won't necessarily stop the project.
Impalas and Mustangs must yield to killdeer.
Marschuetz crews work on the roundabout south of Killdeer at the intersection of highways 22 and 200 in this undated photo.
It will be the first roundabout of this scale in the state, Killdeer Mayor Dan Dolechek said.